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Investigation demanded after child deaths

August 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas wants answers and is demanding an independent investigation into the deaths of two children under the care of the Department of Child and Family Services.On Saturday morning two-year-old Jasmine Granados was found dead inside her home in Athens. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said the toddler's mother is underage and is also a ward of the state. The mother has been questioned by authorities. Investigators are waiting on autopsy results to figure out exactly how the child died.

The mysterious death comes weeks after the death of 6-year-old Dae'von Bailey. Bailey was found beaten to death in a home in South Los Angeles. The child's mother's ex-boyfriend is suspected of the crime but has eluded arrest.

Investigators said Bailey was the subject of at least a dozen calls to Los Angeles County's child abuse hotline; however the first-grader was left in the care of his accused killer.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said he wants to know how these children fell through the cracks and wants to make sure the county does more to protect children in the care of DCFS.

"I believe that it is important to implement the appropriate software systems and new technologies that will send alerts and warnings that will make it better for the workers that have to deal with these issues as well as protecting the children and saving their lives," said Ridley-Thomas.

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